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Kapama River Lodge
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Reviewed 26 November 2017

Kapama River Lodge is exceptional. When we were making the decision for a Safari far off in America, it was difficult to know what attributes were important once we arrived. Kapama ended up being a perfect choice. Here is why: First once you arrive at the airport, especially after a long journey, you want to get to the resort quickly and Kapama is only a 15-20 minute jeep ride from the airport. Don’t worry about airport noise only a few small plane arrive each day and we never heard a plane. At the hotel, the staff was super nice greeting us with a sunrise juice cocktail and had a package for each of us with our rooms and our guide and trackers assignments for the safari runs. Very organized, no waiting. Once we settled into our room, toured the absolutely beautiful facilities, we set up our spa appointments. The spa is perfect, worth the money for a treatment each day you are there. The practitioners were excellent and warm and friendly. In fact, they knew our names every time we came back for a treatment. Patricia, Pam and the rest of the team thank you for your wonderful service. The view from the spa was like no other, overlooking a waterhole where hippopotamuses and Cape buffalo roam while you bask in the sun with a pillow under your head….perfect. The game runs were spectacular. The bountiful African animals roam freely over the vast area of low forest and savannah. We were greeted for the game drives by Gerhard our personal guide and Jeffery our tracker. By our observation, we believe we landed the best guide team at Kapama. Gerhard was so informative, funny and a super personality as if we have been friends for a long time. Each night he would join us for dinner and we would talk about the days viewing and all about South Africa. Jeffery is an exceptional tracker. He knows the roads better than anyone at the resort it seems and was determined to ensure we saw the big 5 and much more, of course, we did! It was not just about viewing African animals, it was the adventure and journey of finding the majestic animals, giraffes, lions, elephants, rhinos, zebras, and the infamous leopard, making our drives exceptional. And the morning coffee and afternoon sunset cocktails were icing on the cake. We were lucky to be paired with this dynamic dual to lead our drives. Lastly, the dining staff was exceptional too. We were assigned to Israel as our waiter for the entire time, and he was so warm and kind. Food was abundant and super good and the chef was absolutely amazing speaking over 10 different languages. Our last night we sang and danced with the dining staff which closes the meal and this was one of our many highlights. So what makes Kapama so exceptional? It’s the wonderful people working for the resort delivering exceptional service, and so very customer focused, this will make your trip truly exceptional. Thank you, Gerhard and Jeffery and the rest of the team at Kapama River Lodge for an absolutely amazing experience that we will never forget. With sincere thank you, The Denver, Colorado Clan.

P.S. food for thought: It’s important to come to the safari experience with a sense of curiosity, respect, full of energy and embrace the journey of the safari rides not just the finds. And don’t sleep-in for any of the game drives!

Room Tip: We liked the rooms a short walk from the main lodge near the spa
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  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 November 2017

Kapama is a class act, we spent 30 days and 15 different hotels and resorts in South Africa and Kapama is it, they have there act together, rooms meals and Safaries are a 5 star plus. If your going for a short visit only never mind the rest this is it. It is run like a cruise ship, a well oiled machine....enjoy.
Phil & Marsha.

Room Tip: There are two floors here if you have trouble with stairs ground floor rooms are widely available.
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  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 November 2017

The positives
- Great service
- Extremely polite game show companions. They go the extra yard to make you feel that your money is well spent (given you will most likely spend a bomb in comparison to other sanpark lodges). Our ranger was Marnos and was a really nice guy.
-Private game experience will vary for people. Mine was extremely fulfilling. Got to see the lions/lionesses, giraffe, cheetah up close.
- Rooms were spacious and well decorated with a balcony. We got to see a group of elephants from there itself.
- Good food. The chef went out of the way to prepare something specially for us as we are vegetarians.

Negatives
- Only the price. But i guess that can be tackled by choosing the right season and booking in advance

Had a great time

Room Tip: I believe most rooms look out into the reserve and therefore offer a good view of the wild life.
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  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 November 2017

It would be great to have the on site ecologists share information about the animals. The walking safari seems like a great opportunity to do that. We were delighted to see all of the animals on drives.

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Reviewed 21 November 2017

Spontane Safari..... Arrived the local airport, first in line the representative from Kapama with a great service. Nice 20 min ride threw the park before arriving at the lodge. Smooth and warm welcome and intro to the amazing Kapama Karula facility. All and above our expectations, luxury, style, well maintained and a very good mix of impressions. Great "all inclusive", good quality food and drinks. Safari was more than we hoped for.....all BIG 5 withinn av few tours - amazing ! Defenetly a plase to visit again.

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Address: R40 | Kruger Park, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Kapama Private Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Kapama Private Game Reserve
Price Range: RM 2,964 - RM 6,492 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Kapama River Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 64
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kapama River Lodge is situated within Kapama Game Reserve, and presents the perfect blend between luxurious safari accommodation and a generous bed capacity of 64 bedrooms. Although large, it is so stylish, roomy and beautifully positioned along a dry riverbed, that guests fall in love with it. Each spacious room at Kapama River Lodge features a full en-suite bathroom and terrace with uninterrupted views into the leafy-green Big 5 game reserve. The central guest entertainment areas include a large rim-flow swimming pool with sun umbrellas and recliners for lazy afternoons. The long L-shaped relaxation lounge and bar under a double-volume thatch, curves around the pool and on either side is a huge double-sided fireplace creating a wondrous open-plan yet cosy atmosphere. The Rhino Boma dining area with tables arranged under a low thatch in a horseshoe curve, has a central open space where a roaring outdoor fire gives a glow to evening meals. Buffet-style meals introduce African flavours with Pan African dishes using fresh local ingredients and specialist dishes. ... more   less 
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